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September 9, 2016

Review: The Metronome by D. R. Bell

by MK French

cover of The Metronome
Pavel Rostin was a promising physicist in Russia that married a young American woman. He came to the United States after a time, and eventually gave up being a physicist in order to participate in a risky financial venture. He wound up losing his home and his marriage, estranged from his father and living alone in New York City. His wife and children were in California, and he was trying to pull his life back together when he received a phone call telling him that his father was dead. Flying to Russia, he discovered that there was a mystery surrounding his father's death. There was also a diary of his father's experience in World War II, discovering an adopted brother he never knew he had, and an international financial conspiracy.

This is the first book in The Counterpoint Trilogy, but it's very much a standalone book. There are so many details about Pavel's life in New York, the visits to Russia and California as he retraced his father's final steps as an investigator, and explanations about the politics and finances in Russia and the United States after World War II. There is even an afterward detailing the research that went into the novel, with sources and links to further explore the information that made up the plot.

It's fascinating, something I never thought I would say about finances!

The relationships in the book are convoluted and detailed, and the flashbacks scattered throughout the novel really fleshes out and explains the nuances in their reactions to each other. These are flawed people caught up in a much larger puzzle, and the relationships change as more information is revealed.

The end of the book is a shocking surprise, but after everything else I discovered over the course of the book, it really wasn't a surprise once I thought about it. It's a great read and really got me thinking.

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MK French, reviewer. Born and raised in New York City, M.K. started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

Book info:
available formats: ebook and print (278 pages)
published: August 2014
ISBN13: 978-1511803373
genres: political, suspense

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